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Racial Identity Development in the Post-Racism Era

The Provost Office and Department of Psychology is proud to welcome Dr. Janet Helms to campus on February 22 and 23 for several events. The UWL and La Crosse community are welcome to attend this FREE guest lecture and presentation to discuss the importance of racial and cultural factors in education.

Following the first election of Barak Obama to the Presidency of the United States, politicians and scholars announced that the country had entered a Post-Racism Era. Yet during President Obama’s eight years of service, high levels of violence against people of color—especially Black people—continued to occur. In this lecture, Dr. Helms explains racial identity development using her white and people of color racial identity development models.  She will then use the models to address anti-violence protests and crackdowns in the current post-racism climate. Finally, she will discuss the implications of neglecting racial identity development issues in neglected communities and society.

This campus presentation aligns with the UWL Sustaining Excellence areas of Achieving Excellence Through Equity and Diversity, and Increasing Community Engagement.

Janet E. Helms, Ph.D., is the Augustus Long Professor of Measurement in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College.  She is Past President and a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), and a Fellow in Division 35 (Psychology of Women) and Division 45 (Ethnic Diversity) of the American Psychological Association (APA).  She received many distinguished researcher awards from many places between 2002 and 2009. She was a recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for mentoring.  She has written over eighty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice. Her books include A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have (Microtraining Associates) and Using Race and Culture in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Process with Donelda Cook (MA: Allyn & Bacon). Her full bio is available at

Special thanks to the Provost Office for sponsoring Dr. Helms through the UWL Visiting Scholar of Color Grant. 

Related campus initiatives

Equity and diversity


Past occurrences (1)

  • 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018


1309 Centennial Hall

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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 1309 Centennial Hall


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